Base Ball game to be played in Schwenksville
SCHWENKSVILLE Fans of "America's pastime" can watch an exhibition from the distant past on Saturday when Pennypacker Mills hosts a game of "Base Ball" under 19th century rules and field conditions.
The game is billed as "part reenactment and part sport," pitting the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia against the Harrisburg Keystones.
Those are two of the five teams in Pennsylvania and 400 teams nationwide to play the game under 1860s rules, with rough fields and thicker bats, according to a Pennypacker Mills news release.
Scott Alberts, president of the Philadelphia club, said that 150 years ago, players wore wool uniforms, handlebar mustaches, and no gloves.
"Pitching had to be underhanded. The pitch is in a box 45 feet away from the plate. And that's where the modern expression, 'We knocked the guy out of the box,' comes from," Alberts said.
The game is free to watch and begins at 1 p.m. Saturday. Free tours of the Pennypacker Mansion are also available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pennypacker Mills, a county historic park, is located at 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville. - Jessica Parks